A Timely, Orderly, and Efficient Arrangement of Public Facilities and Services — The Oregon Approach

Edward J. Sullivan

Portland State University

Benjamin H. Clark


June 1, 2013

Willamette Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 411, 2013

The provision of public facilities and services is not an exciting planning topic because it deals with the details of supply, rather than the grander issues of economics, social equity and policy. Yet these details occupy an inordinate amount of time and attention by planners, elected officials, and other policy-makers, and account for a substantial share of unresolved issues in planning law.

This Article sets out the rise of infrastructure planning policy in Oregon under a statewide land use planning system that began in 1973.1 In Part I, we give a brief history and description of the structure of that system, followed by a discussion of the evolution of state infrastructure policy under Statewide Planning Goal 11, Public Facilities and Services, and its implementing rules. Following this background, this Article will examine the application of that policy, particularly with respect to the mechanics (Part II) and financing (Part III) of infrastructure planning and its role in the reinforcement of the separation of urban and rural uses (Part IV).

Number of Pages in PDF File: 65

Keywords: public facilities, infrastructure, planning

JEL Classification: R52, R53

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Date posted: July 2, 2013 ; Last revised: July 23, 2013

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Sullivan, Edward J. and Clark, Benjamin H., A Timely, Orderly, and Efficient Arrangement of Public Facilities and Services — The Oregon Approach (June 1, 2013). Willamette Law Review, Vol. 49, No. 411, 2013. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2288085

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